With broadcast rights for the Premier League set to come up for auction in February, Amazon is reportedly preparing to enter the market. The move would see the ever expanding company rival broadcasters Sky and BT for a share of the matches, with the company expected to bid for one of the smaller packages — thought to be between 20 and 32 matches.
The move would be Amazon’s largest sporting deal, eclipsing the acquisition of Thursday night NFL matches and ATP Tennis rights. At the last auction in 2015, Sky and BT dropped a joint $6.96 billion USD to broadcast 168 live matches, so Amazon is going to have to spend big if it wants to enter the market.
Details on the deal are currently scarce, and it appears that the games may only be available to stream in the UK due to other auctions for international Premier League rights. There has also been speculation that Facebook could participate in the auction, although the social network is yet to comment and is seen as a less likely bidder than Amazon.
Let us know what you think about the move in the comments below. Amazon has made the move into sports in other ways, with the site exclusively stocking LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball’s Lithaunian basketball jerseys.
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